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Misc Pics (21 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  14:09:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Dave and wifey this week!









Projects from ASIGN_Baz (3 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  00:48:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a couple of cool projects from ASIGN_Baz. Firstly, a 3-foot replica of the Colonial Viper MkII from Battlestar Galactica:


click for the worklog!


Work continues on the full-scale model, but in the meantime his next project is building a Mech - from workshop scraps..


click for the worklog!

Great stuff!



Team Group Contest - Last Day! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 6-December-2019  00:46:26 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today's your last day to win an SSD or some RAM from TeamGroup and OCAU:


click for the thread!



Tuesday Evening (11 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 3-December-2019  18:12:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I always like to highlight unsung heroes of computing when I can - and here's a story about some Australian women who were pioneers in more than one way. In 1907 Prudence Valentine Williams became one of 72 Australian women tasked with cataloguing all of the stars in roughly one fifth of the night sky. Williams was just 15 years old when she was recruited to work at the Perth Observatory as a "star measurer" on an ambitious international project called the Astrographic Catalogue. The 72 women who worked on the catalogue in Australia were also among the very first women in the country to work in computing.

On the flip side, Telstra are so frustrated about 5G misinformation they have asked the Government to help. The parliamentary inquiry itself has been flooded with submissions calling for the government to step in ban the use of 5G over health and environmental concerns, with claims that the technology can cause everything from cancer to obesity. Although Australia has seen some small protests by anti-5G campaigners, local regulators including the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) have found no evidence of detrimental health impacts from 5G. Yeah, well, they WOULD say that, wouldn't they?! Wake up, sheeple!!11 Only kidding. Listen to actual scientists about this kind of stuff, not social media PhDs.

Meanwhile, in Russia, cows are chilling out in VR worlds. Russian cows have been given virtual reality headsets in a bid to boost milk yields by making the animals think they live in a permanently sunny pasture. The Moscow agriculture ministry, which announced the pilot project at a large dairy farm outside the capital, cited research that happy cows produce more milk, saying “the quantity, and sometimes the quality of milk increases markedly in a calm atmosphere.” Wow. No one can be told what The Milktrix is, you have to moo it for yourself.

Continuing the slightly downbeat tone of this news post, here's a bizarrely-formatted index of articles on the New York Times about The Internet not living up to its promise. Yes, your browser is meant to be doing that. I think.

TechSpot look back to see how far mid-range GPUs have come in only 3 years. Something we've been hearing a lot this year is that there's a lack of development and progress on the PC gaming/hardware front. In an effort to determine if that's true, we'll test 2016's prime $400 GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 against 2019's $400 GPU players, the RTX 2060 Super and RX 5700 XT and compare them in 37 games at 1080p and 1440p.

TechARP have some now-outdated Threadripper 3 preview info, but they open it with some interesting videos about those CPUs being used to make Terminator: Dark Fate. Believe it or not – the incredible VFX scenes in Terminator Dark Fate were rendered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors! Blur Studio just released two videos and details of how they leveraged the new Threadripper processors to deliver those visual effects! Is that the sixth Terminator movie? I don't think I've even seen the previous one yet. T1 and T2 are among my favourites though, and I'll even grudgingly allow T3.

As if we needed any more proof that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket, the Apostrophe Protection Society have given up. We, and our many supporters worldwide, have done our best but the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won! Thats a shame, they seem like a nice bunch of guy's.

Finally, this from metamorphosis: Arcane Dimensions is a massive (9hr) map pack for quake 1, and my build of it is an HD version including the ~3hr soundtrack I've been working on for a few years. It's available here now and the trailer's here. There's about 22 levels, each is its own 'dimension' with individual feels. New monsters, new weapons, new gameplay, etc. Free to download of course, though you'll need the full version of quake's .pak files from the id1 folder. Enjoy!



Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 2-December-2019  23:00:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Windows 10 vs. Linux Performance On The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X on Phoronix.
Intel Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition on Vortez.
Gigabyte TRX40 Aorus Xtreme on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme -Threadripper 3000 motherboard on Guru3D.
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X & 3970X Workstation Performance on TechGage.

Audio Visual:
Cougar Attila Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q monitor on Tweaktown.
Edifier W828NB ANC Bluetooth Headphones on TechARP.
Silicon Power Blast Plug BP81 TWS Earbuds on NikKTech.
SHIELD TV – the Best Android TV Streamer for Gamers on BabelTechReviews.

Cases:
Lian Li Lancool II on TechPowerUp.
Corsair Carbide 678C Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
NZXT H210i mITX on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake Level 20 HT Snow on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P Black Edition on OCInside.

Input Etc:
Mechanical Keyboards MK Night Typist Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless Gaming Mouse on MadShrimps.
Endgame Gear XM1 gaming mouse on TechSpot.
Cooler Master MM711 RGB Gaming Mouse on FunkyKit.

Cooling:
Noctua NH-L9i Chromax.black CPU Cooler on FunkyKit.
Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
SilverStone Permafrost PF240-ARGB AIO CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Furniture:
Autonomous Kinn Chair on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Armor Pro Gaming Chair on NeoSeeker.
Autonomous ErgoChair 2 Black Edition on Modders-Inc.

Storage:
Toshiba RC500 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD on Guru3D.
ADATA SE800 Ultra Fast USB 3.2 Gen2 USB-C Portable SSD on Tweaktown.
ADATA SC680 External SSD 480GB on FunkyKit.
Team Group T-Force Delta Max 1 TB SSD on Guru3D.

Misc:
Corsair iCUE LS100 Monitor Back Lighting Kit on Guru3D.
Corsair iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Kit on ThinkComputers.
D-Link DCH-S161 Wi-Fi Water Sensor on BigBruin.
Piper Computer Kit STEM Learning Toy on BigBruin.
KeySmart Pro Smart Key Organizer With Location Tracking on BigBruin.
D-Link DSP-W118 Wi-Fi Smart Outlet on BigBruin.
FSP Dagger Pro 650W Gold SFX PSU on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER video card on TechGage.



Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 1-December-2019  23:51:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-10980XE Review: 18-Core Cascade Lake-X Battles AMD on HotHardware, OCAU review here.
Cascade Lake Effect: A Performance Look At Intel’s Core i9-10980XE on Techgage.
Core i9 10980XE processor (Intel 18-core galore) on Guru3D.
Intel Core i9 10980XE Linux Performance Benchmarks on Phoronix.
Intel Core i9 10980XE (Cascade Lake-X) Processor on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X on Vortez, OCAU review here.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X on Guru3D.
Third-Gen Threadripper Lands: AMD Threadripper 3970X & 3960X on TechSpot.
AMD Threadripper 3970X And 3960X Review: Multi-Threaded Domination on HotHardware.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X / 3960X Linux Benchmarks on Phoronix.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X (Zen 2) Processor on Tweaktown.
MSI Creator TRX40 motherboard on Guru3D.
Ryzen 9 3950X on Good and Bad B450 Motherboards on TechSpot.
AMD Athlon 3000G with Vega 3 Graphics on TechPowerUp.
ASRock X299 Taichi CLX on TechPowerUp.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X & Intel Core i9-10980XE Linux Performance on Techgage.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Phone II Review: A Mobile Gaming And Battery Life Beast on HotHardware.
Mobvoi TicWatch C2 Test and TicWatch E2 on OCInside.
Google Pixelbook Go Review: A Premium Chromebook Experience on HotHardware.

Audio Visual:
Cougar Havoc BT Wireless In-Ear Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Puro Sound Labs Pure Gamer Volume Limiting Headset on BigBruin.

Cases:
Thermaltake View 71 on Modders-Inc.
Corsair 275R Airflow video review by OCClub.

Video Cards:
Entry Level VR Wars: the RX 590 vs. the GTX 1660 Super & Ti with Vive Pro on BabelTechReviews.
AMD Radeon Pro W5700 Review: Affordable Navi For Workstations on HotHardware.
Navi For Workstation: A Performance Review Of AMD’s Radeon Pro W5700 on TechGage.
RTX On Modern Warfare on LanOC.



Misc Pics (18 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 29-November-2019  13:12:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to Errin and Damo this week! If you're arachnaphobic, maybe skip the second-last one. :)









Thursday Night Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-November-2019  23:56:35 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 SC Ultra Gaming on FunkyKit.
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 Super StormX OC on Guru3D.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT Nitro+ Special Edition on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
Plugable Portable Thunderbolt 3 1TB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
Seagate FireCuda 510 1 TB on TechPowerUp.
WD My Passport 5TB Portable Hard Drive on ThinkComputers.
Crucial BX500 960GB 2.5'' SSD on MadShrimps.
BIOSTAR M700 Series M.2 PCI-E Gen3x4 NVMe 512GB SSD on FunkyKit.
Crucial X8 1TB Portable SSD - USB 3.2 Gen2 at 1 GB/sec on Guru3D.
Kingston DC450R 480GB SSD on NikKTech.
Patriot Scorch 512GB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.
LaCie Rugged 1TB NVMe SSD on Tweaktown.

Cases:
NZXT H710i on TechPowerUp.
Be Quiet Dark Base Pro 900 Orange Edition on Modders-Inc.
Thermaltake Core P5 TG V2 Black Edition on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Scythe Fuma 2 CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Kingpin Hydro Copper waterblock on HWAsylum.
Be Quiet! Dark Rock Slim CPU cooler on LanOC.
SilverStone PF360-ARGB All In One Cooling Solution on Modders-Inc.
Corsair QL120 RGB Fan Kit video review by OCClub.
Cryorig H5 Ultimate Heatsink on FrostyTech.



AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and Intel Core i9-10980XE Reviews (14 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 26-November-2019  01:01:45 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today we have not one but two CPU reviews, with booj having slaved away over a hot testbed almost nonstop for the last few days. First up it's AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, a 24-core, 48-thread CPU that boosts up to 4.5GHz and will sting your wallet to the tune of $2249.. and that's before you start shopping for motherboards!


Click for the review!


Next up it's Intel's turn, with their Core i9-10980XE. This is an 18-core, 36-thread CPU which will save you quite a bit of money compared to the Threadripper above - but which one will make you king of the High-End Desktop number-crunchers?


Click for the review!



Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 25-November-2019  19:47:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i7-1065G7: Ice Lake with Iris Plus Graphics on TechSpot.
MSI MEG X570 UNIFY on Vortez.

Video Cards:
AMD Radeon RX 5500 on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER GAMING X on Guru3D.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Super on TechSpot.
Palit GeForce GTX 1650 Super StormX OC on TechPowerUp.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 Super on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1650 Super Gaming X on TechPowerUp.

Cooling:
Deepcool Assassin III CPU Cooler on OCInside.
CORSAIR iCUE QL140 RGB 140mm PWM Fans on MadShrimps.
Enermax ETS-T50 AXE ARGB CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
POW Audio Mo Expandable Wireless Speaker on BigBruin.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 & Arctis 1 Wireless headsets on Vortez.
Razer Seiren X Microphone on Tweaktown.
Antlion ModMic USB Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.
Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset on Tweaktown.

Misc:
CORSAIR iCUE LS100 Smart Lighting Strip on NikKTech.
Sharkhan X500 case on TechPowerUp.
GEIL EVO X II AMD Edition DDR4-3000 32GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.




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